Please join me in raising a glass on February 22nd to toast National Margarita Day.
Yes. It’s a thing
Best of all – it’s a fun excuse to make (and drink) a delicious Margarita in the middle of winter.
My (current) favorite margarita recipe is below – you can skip the zesting and resting part if you are pressed for time, but the additional steps add a depth of flavor that can’t be beat!
My Perfect Margarita (Serves 4)
- 3 Lemons
- 3 Limes
- 3 Oranges
- 1 -2 oz Agave Nectar (you can substitute equal parts of Honey or 1/4 C. Sugar)
- 1 1/2 C. Tequila
- 1/2 C. Cointreau (or other Orange Liqueur)
- Ice (crushed if possible)
- 4 Margarita glasses (salted rim is optional)
- Wash and dry citrus fruit.
- Gently zest the citrus fruit into large measuring cup or other easy-pour container. (Be careful not to include too much of the bitter white pith in with the zest.)
- Cut all the citrus fruit in half and squeeze juice over zest (use a citrus reamer for best results).
- Mix in the Agave Nectar. *Do a quick taste test here, and add more sweetener if desired (or necessitated by tart fruit).
- Cover mixture and refrigerate until you are ready to prepare your margaritas (this can be done 1-4 hours ahead of time!)
- When ready, strain juice mixture through fine mesh sieve to remove pulp and zest.
- Add Tequila and Orange Liqueur to the strained Margarita base. *Do another quick taste test here – add more Tequila or a splash of Soda Water to adjust the flavor and strength of your Margarita. (Note that the finished cocktail will be slightly more diluted after the final steps.)
- Fill margarita glasses with ice.
- Pour 1/4 of your margarita mix into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously until well chilled, strain into prepared glass.
- Repeat as needed, then toast to National Margarita Day!